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Arrieta among 4 Cubs headed to arbitration

Rosscup and 3 others are non-tendered, now free agents
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As expected, the Cubs on Friday tendered contracts to all four of their arbitration-eligible players, including Jake Arrieta. But they non-tendered four pre-arbitration players to make room on the 40-man roster ahead of next week's Winter Meetings.

Beginning Monday, MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.

As expected, the Cubs on Friday tendered contracts to all four of their arbitration-eligible players, including Jake Arrieta. But they non-tendered four pre-arbitration players to make room on the 40-man roster ahead of next week's Winter Meetings.

Beginning Monday, MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.

Besides Arrieta, the Cubs tendered contracts to relievers Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm, all of whom are now considered signed for 2017 at a salary to be determined via the arbitration process unless a deal can be reached prior to a hearing. Had they not been tendered contracts before Friday's deadline, they would have become free agents.

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That was the case Friday for four players on the 40-man roster who were not yet eligible for arbitration: left-handers Gerardo Concepcion and Zac Rosscup, right-hander Conor Mullee and infielder Christian Villanueva. Those moves cut the Cubs' 40-man roster to 35 players, including lefty Brian Duensing, who signed a one-year free-agent contract earlier in the day.

Of the players cut loose, Rosscup had the most experience, making 61 relief appearances with the Cubs from 2013-15. Concecpion made three appearances for the 2016 World Series champions, and Mullee appeared in the big leagues for the Yankees.

Adam McCalvy has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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